Review: On The Town

Glasgow Music Theatre 31st January – 4th February, Eastwood Park Theatre **** Three sailors on their first shore leave in New York quest to see the sights and find some company for their scant twenty-four hours in the city. On The Town – a 1944 by Betty Comden and Adolph Green...

Review: The Winter’s Tale Jan26

Review: The Winter&#...

Cheek By Jowl Until January 28th at Citizens Theatre [usr 4] Once again Cheek By Jowl bestows upon the world a riveting performance that breathes new life into the work of a playwright long dead. This time, it is The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare; a story of jealousy, regret and...

Review: The Trial Jan24

Review: The Trial

Scottish Opera Until January 28th at Theatre Royal [usr 4] Despite being based on a novel that was written over a century ago, Scottish Opera’s The Trial directed by Michael McCarthy is just as relevant today. For anyone who is unfamiliar with Kafka’s story, it tells the tale of Josef K...

Review: The Shawshank Redemption Nov23

Review: The Shawshan...

BKL Productions Until November 26th at Theatre Royal [usr 4] For three hours the Theatre Royal transports audiences to the Shawshank Maximum Security Penitentiary. Based on the short novel by Stephen King and beautifully adapted by Owen O’Neill and Dave Johns for the stage, this production of...

Review: The Marriage of Figaro Nov12

Review: The Marriage...

Scottish Opera Until November 19th at Festival Theatre, Edinburgh [usr 4] The Marriage of Figaro is perhaps one of the wittiest buffa (comic) operas. Full of unexpected twists and clever turns, the story’s slapstick shenanigans of trickery must surely delight. Mozart’s score, lead...

Review: I Am Somebody Aug31

Review: I Am Somebod...

Sirqus Alfon August 29th at Gilded Balloon Teviot [usr 4] I Am Somebody is daring, cheeky and a celebration of the digital age. What separates them from every other variety and circus act in town is their heavy reliance on multimedia. Martin Östman, Erik Rosales and Henrik Strindberg, the...

Review: Blood Will Have Blood Aug31

Review: Blood Will H...

ImmerCity August 29th at C Nova [usr 3] ImmerCity’s Blood Will Have Blood is set within the world of Macbeth and fleshes out the details of Fleance’s disappearance after his father Banquo’s death. Audience members, or rather, participants, take on the role of Fleance as they...

Review: Labels Aug31

Review: Labels

Worklight August 29th at Pleasance Courtyard [usr 3] Directed by Katharina Reinthaller, Labels is a semi-autobiographical solo show featuring Joe Sellman-Leava, who, through an exploration of his past and his relationship with his father, creates discourse about migration and racial...

Review: En Folkefiende Aug31

Review: En Folkefien...

Squint with Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama August 29th at Pleasance Dome [usr 3] Inspired by one of Henrik Ibsen’s best-known play of the same name, writer Brad Birch retells the tale and sets it in modern-day Norway, but the play does not quite hit the hail on the head. It...

Review: Equus Aug31

Review: Equus

The Rep Theatre Company August 29th at Pleasance Dome [usr 1] Equus by Peter Shaffer is a dark drama touching on relevant issues like the relationship between ritual sacrifice, violence and sexual attraction. The plot is intense, gripping, and full of mysteries waiting to be solved. The...

Review: Big Bite-Size Shows Aug31

Review: Big Bite-Siz...

White Room Theatre August 29th at Pleasance Dome [usr 3] Conceived by Artistic Director and Co-Founder of White Room Theatre Nick Brice, the Big Bite-Sized shows are a compilation of short plays performed by a cast of seven. Sixteen different plays by different playwrights on three Breakfast...

Review: The Underground Aug27

Review: The Undergro...

Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards Summerhall, 25th and 26th August 2016 [usr 3] The Underground is an incredibly competent performance. The blocking is extraordinary: both in choreography and execution. The actors trained to the hilt. Their voices, beauteous and haunting; no...

Review: Deadline Aug26

Review: Deadline

The Let Go Theatre Co Greenside @ Infirmary Street until August 27th [usr 3] Deadline is a microcosm of this millennium’s university graduates, who place importance on their social network and seem to move towards inevitable self-destruction amidst a devastated economy and saturated globe. A...

Review: This is Japanese Iki! and Rakugo! Aug26

Review: This is Japa...

Katsumi Sakakura and Katsura Sunshine Sweet Grassmarket until August 28th [usr 3] As evident with the exclamation points, both This is Japanese Iki! and Rakugo! are going to be punchy performances. Featuring Katsura Sunshine in both shows, he presents his solo show Rakugo!, which he explains...